Alvarez’s Five Favorite Films of 2022

(This article is part of our Best of 2022 series.)

2022 has come and gone. To be honest I barely remember any of the movies that came out or that I saw. So I’m looking at a list and seeing what strikes a chord with me. Obviously these are ranked in no particular order.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

This film was fun as hell. It was really great to see Cage ham it up. The whole premise of the film is silly AF, but it all plays out so damn well. I mean having him be a slightly struggling actor in his later years, doing a guest appearance at a birthday for money and then being roped into a CIA mission? Really?!?!? It’s brilliant The cast seems to be having a ton of fun and they damn well better have. That’s like a dream project for some people.

Top Gun: Maverick

To be honest, I don’t hold the original in very high regard. I always thought it was kinda cheesy. So I rewatched it before the sequel came out and well… I’m right. It’s super cheesy. It alternates between the action and the love story way too much. All the romance really slows the film down and it happens A LOT. But the sequel, even though it recreates the original practically beat for beat in the beginning does a good job of intermingling the two parts of the film and has them practicing the Death Star Trench Run which is kinda fun to see too. All in all I enjoyed it.


The Banshees of Inisherin

The last film I saw in 2022, and I enjoyed it all the way through. Is it as good as In Bruges? Probably not, but it is a damn fine film that gets right into the thick of it all. The cast is outstanding and it’s crazy to see what a small village on the outskirts of Ireland in 1923 does all day. Farm, drink and play music. It shows the trials and tribulations of life on a daily basis and knowing you have a limited amount of time on this earth to be bothered with some people’s shit. Plus, I liked it for the double ‘sh’ sound.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

At first I was worried when they announced a sequel to Knives Out. Why would you do that? Then I figured if they go the Poirot route and create a whole new mystery I’d be all in. THEN they titled it Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and was like, “WTF?!?! Why would you do that? But all that being said, I enjoyed the hell out of it. It had a great cast, a solid story and some nice twists. So he’s to the chance of getting a third one. Just drop the “A Knives Out Mystery” part to the title and stop thinking that movie goers are so damn stupid.


OK, this is not really one of my favorites of the year, it’s absolutely fucking awful. BUT, it is one of the most mentioned films in my house from last year. Anytime we watch something that isn’t very good, we say, “Well it still isn’t as bad as Moonfall.” So that’s saying something, right? It really is one of Roland Emmerich’s worst disaster films I’ve ever seen. I don’t know why he keeps trying to kill us all. The only film that might be worse from last year is The Munsters, but I refuse to watch that shit.

Those are my five favorite films of 2022. The runner-ups would be Spiderhead, Prey, Jackass Forever, Bullet Train, Hustle and Clerks III.

What are your thoughts on the movies that made my top five? Share them down below!

Author: K. Alvarez

A king without a throne.